100 women undergo agric training on waste to wealth
The National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM) has trained over 100 middle-aged women drawn from the 36 states on how to turn agricultural waste into wealth.
The training, held in Ilorin, Kwara State, involves how the outputs of one agricultural sector could be used as inputs of another towards a leap in Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
According to the Executive Director of NCAM, Dr. Yomi Kasali: “It is part of our mandate to fabricate and design both high level machines and low ones for the agricultural needs of farmers.
“Besides, before we designed, we must have a focus on what we intend to achieve with our designs. We have machines at present that can turn waste products from our poultry, piggery and snail rearing into useful materials for agrarian purposes. These machines need just little skills, which we intend to impact in our women farmers, picked across the nation.’’
Kasali, who described women as more patient and adaptable to training, said they are more willing to spread knowledge gained among themselves than their male counterparts.
The NCAM boss while canvassing more incentives to mechanised farming noted that arguably, the sector combined with industrialisation remained the largest employer of labour the world over.Kasali while advising the trainees, urged them to see themselves as ambassadors of the Federal Government on the need to diversify the nation’s economy, premised on proceeds from crude oil.He promised donations of starter packs to all the participants by NCAM, at the end of the training.